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MyWorld – Online Literacy Learning Game


This is a nice learning tool which uses game dynamics and themes to teach online literacy. It’s a nice concept which sees the user progressing through the training lessons like levels of a game, to encourage participation and completion.


Immigration Nation


An interactive look into the origins and personal stories of Australia. Telling stories from all nations who ended up in the country as well as the indigenous peoples. There are linear tales as well as a great interactive documentary.

How social networking can improve business


An interesting article by John Fougner who is the top dog of product marketing monetization (whatever that means) at Facebook talking about how closer engagement with social media can mean big bucks for business – specifically in this case – cinema profitability.


Apparently, facebook can also make money

FlashMob Gone Wrong… Tom Scott


Technologist and humorist Tom ScottĀ gives an insight into the power of words and actions and what can happen when you add unregulated social connections at Ignite. Ignite is an event of 1 speaker with any topic, 5 minutes, 20 slides and the slides rotating every 15 seconds automatically around the world.

The mantra is ‘enlighten us – but make it quick’

Does social media make us better people?


Apparently so! Interesting article compiled by Amsterdam based non-profit organisation Let’sHeal who look at how advertising can heal the world and your business.

What Teens Think About Privacy


An ongoing blog by Danah Boyd and Alice Marwick looking into teen attitudes to privacy. Download the paper in progress from the site.

Danah Boyd

Dan Hon – Dare to Play


Dan Hon of SixToStart gives a fantastic personal insight into 10 years in transmedia and ARG at TEDxTransmedia. A nice primer back to The Beast for those new to the field, with a nice section on play vs games which really deserves more.

Batman Twitter Crack


On June 10th 2005, a tiny indie team headed by a bloke called Christopher Nolan released a small film – Batman Begins. No one really heard or cared about it at the time, and it is still very unlikely you will ever meet anyone who has seen it.

I’m told it was a rip-off of the epic phenomenon ‘Condorman’ – superstar action vehicle for Hollywood hunk Michael Crawford – but I cannot see it coming close to the scope or scale of that Disney cash-cow.

There was surprisingly a sequel to this ‘Batman’ (just ridiculous – a bat man? – bat’s are no where near as cool as condors), but that also disappeared without trace. The impossible has happened, and this unknown director with his niche product has secured a third release. Cynical attempts to generate publicity have seen Hollywood drama heavyweights such as Uwe Bol attached, but it is clear this will again be helmed by the unknown and unproved Nolan.

Obviously desperate for attention, they squirreled together a few quid and realised the internet was cheap, so spent it on a twitter crack promotional piece, which rewarded the audience with a sneak peek of a film no one has heard of, and probably never will. If I know films – and I think I do - I predict it will again disappear without trace.

There are accusations of nepotism, due to Nolan’s famous Irish singing sisters, who have apparently ruled tinseltown since their 1979 single ‘I’m in the mood for dancing’ shook the world starting the global dynasty we know today.

This season I am mostly trending rubber and bad lighting

The Disposable Memory Project


A really wonderful concept. Disposable cameras left around the world, picked up and used by people, and passed on as they take an amazing journey across the globe to before returning home to be archived as part of the project.

Why not join in and create and release your own camera into the wild. Set beauty free and share your memories with the world.

The Disposable Memory Project

Greater Manchester Police – 24 Hour Tweets


On 14th October 2010, The Greater Manchester Police engaged in a social experiment where every call was tweeted over a day – this experiment was called 24 Hour Tweets. It is hugely encouraging to see this kind of interaction from more progressive public servants.


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